PHOENIX – For more than 20 years, the Arizona Department of Transportation has engaged in a formal partnering program with its contractors. The program facilitates productive relationships, establishes a process for amicable resolution of conflicts, and has led to more projects being completed on time and on budget.
The ADOT Partnering Excellence Awards Committee recognized project teams consisting of the Arizona Department of Transportation, contractors and other organizations at the 63rd Arizona Conference on Roads & Streets in Tucson, hosted by the American Council of Engineering Companies of Arizona on April 16-18.
The winners of the 2013 Partnering Excellence Awards demonstrated the ability to come together and develop productive relationships that ensured the success of their respective projects. Teams were also judged on their ability to resolve issues in a professional manner. The following project teams won awards in the following categories:
Roadway Project Under $5 million:
- Lawrence Construction and ADOT for working to complete emergency repairs to Hell Canyon Bridge on State Route 89 south of Ash Fork
- Skanska, ADOT, Horrocks Engineers, Dibble Engineering, Arizona Department of Water Resources, Prescott National Forest and Kaibab National Forest for construction of the Little Hell Canyon Dam to prevent erosion along the canyon near State Route 89
Roadway Project $5 million to $25 million:
- Fann Contracting, Federal Highway Administration, ADOT, Horrocks Engineers, AECOM, Yavapai County and Town of Prescott Valley for the widening of Fain Road between state routes 69 and 89A into a four-lane divided highway
- Fann Contracting, Federal Highway Administration, Coconino County, Atkins and Coconino National Forest for restoration of the 17-mile southern portion of Lake Mary Road
- Skanska, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Core Engineering Group, Kinder Morgan, City of Yuma, ADOT and Union Pacific Railroad for widening of the Avenue 3E bridge over the Union Pacific Railroad mainline
Roadway Project over $25 million:
- FNF Construction, Federal Highway Administration, ADOT, AZTEC, Navajo Division of Transportation and Rummel Construction for completion of US 89T (Navajo Route 20) from US 89 to State Route 98 as the alternate route for US 89
- Vastco-Sundt Joint Venture, HDR Engineering and ADOT for construction of the Interstate 17 Cordes Junction Traffic Interchange
- Ames Construction, Jacobs, Tonto National Forest, ADOT and Arizona Game and Fish Department for widening three miles of State Route 260 into a four-lane divided highway complete with wildlife crossings
Other Transportation Infrastructure under $5 million:
- Federal Highway Administration, ADOT, Fann Contracting, URS, DARcor, Horrocks Engineers, HydroSystems, Yellow Jacket Drilling, Laveen Pump Company, K&H, Total Building Systems and High Performance Water Systems for rehabilitation of Sunset Point rest area along Interstate 17
Other Transportation Infrastructure $5 million to $25 million:
- Hensel Phelps, ADOT, U.S. General Services Administration, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and Stantec for construction of a new truck weight and credential processing facility at the Mariposa Port of Entry in Nogales
Non-Construction General Partnerships:
- ADOT Intermodal Transportation Division Maintenance Group and ADOT Equipment Services for improving the working relationship between the two groups to ensure maintenance crews have quality, reliable equipment to complete their work
The Partnering Excellence Awards competition, which began in 2005, is designed to recognize partnership teams that demonstrate a high degree of achievement through their practice of partnering principles and their application of the partnering processes related to the transportation industry.
The Arizona Conference on Roads and Streets is the largest event for Arizona engineers and contractors from the public and private sectors.